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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 50778
Last updated: 28 March 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic LANC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Lancaster Mk III
Owner/operator:97 (Straits Settlements) Squadron Royal Air Force (97 (Straits Settlements) Sqn RAF)
Registration: JB671
C/n / msn: OF-A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Luyksgestel, Noord-Brabant -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Bourn, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:
Took off from RAF Bourn at 18:55. Homebound, crashed at Luyksgestel (Noord-Brabant), 11 km SE of Bladel and practically on the Dutch/Belguim border. The aircraft was shot down by night fighter pilot Leutnant Achim Woeste of the Stab III./NJG 3, who was flying a Bf 110 G-4 from Stade airfield in Germany.

All rest in Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery. Plt Off Coates had won an immediate DFM, Gazetted 7 January 1944, for his tenacity during a raid on Berlin in the December 1943:

Plt Off W D Coates DFM (KIA)
Sgt B H Nicholas (KIA)
Flt Sgt S Nuttall (KIA)
Plt Off J M Baldwin RCAF (KIA)
Sgt W Chapman (KIA)
Sgt W L York (KIA)
Sgt F Thompson (KIA)


Nachtjagd Combat Archive 1944 part two
Google Maps
Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War 1944 Page 131.

Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
08-Jun-2016 16:08 Red Dragon Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Nov-2018 15:20 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]
10-Nov-2018 22:43 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
28-Mar-2020 21:33 TigerTimon Updated [Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
28-Mar-2020 21:34 TigerTimon Updated [Narrative]

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